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Velva Jean Learns to Drive by Jennifer Niven
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Jul 25, 2010

really liked it
Recommended to Beverly by: Indiebound
Recommended for: Lovers of realistic fiction and coming of age stories
Read from July 09 to 11, 2010 , read count: 1

What a treat to read this over the summer. I felt that I was right there in the sweltering Smokey Mts. with Velva Jean and her siblings as they try to find their way to a happy fulfilling life. The characters were complex and real. They struggled with the same feelings of insecurity, ambition, optimism and desire to do well that most of us remember from our teens. I loved that the Appalachian people and culture were described respectfully, not the usual pathetic hillybilly stereotypes. I hope there will be a sequel so we can follow up on the lives of Velva Jean and her siblings.

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